Conference & Symposium

Climate Futures #1: Cultures, Climate Crisis and Disappearing Ecologies

Conference & Symposium

Climate Futures #1: Cultures, Climate Crisis and Disappearing Ecologies

Thursday, 1 December - Saturday, 3 December 2022 · ONSITE

To better understand the decline in cultural and ecological diversity in the region, NTU CCA Singapore and Konnect ASEAN proposes to look at how the endangerment of traditional cultures and knowledges in the face of ecological challenges affects the region of Southeast Asia. The three-day summit Climate Futures #1: Cultures, Climate Crisis and Disappearing Ecologies. aims to address the various relationships and links to its environment, its ecologies and biodiversity.

Thursday, 1 December – Saturday, 3 December 2022
Veranda Hotel at Pakubuwono
Jakarta, Indonesia

Environmental transformations change ancestral relationships to water, forests, soil, animals, and plants. It affects indigenous philosophies and their irreducible oneness of nature and culture, and of human and non-human. The loss of habitat and ecosystems take away the community’s kin, its identity, belonging and dignity and impacts future generations to come. Communities increasingly feel threatened in their collective capacity to thrive and survive. In this moment of significant change, it is essential to discuss possible climate solutions and explore ecologies of care.

The summit intends to map how the climate crisis informs our contemporary world, and how diverse cultures can adjust or adapt without losing a sense of purpose. It will comprise of discussions into alternative approaches to regional studies focusing on urgencies such as rising sea-levels and temperatures and the impact on natural resources of the region.

The holistic approach of Climate Futures #1: Cultures, Climate Crisis and Disappearing Ecologies. is to stimulate a debate between artists, designers, and architects, scientists, environmentalists, as well as local voices and policy makers. We seek to reach out to a wider public including younger scholars and practitioners, as well as community leaders and policy makers from the ASEAN region.

The future of our shared prosperity relies on our collective ability to create an inclusive and sustainable foundation for growth.

KONNECT ASEAN is a development project supported by the Republic of Korea and serves as the ASEAN Foundation’s core arts and cultural programme. KONNECT ASEAN signals both an eagerness by ASEAN to revitalise its once integral role in contemporary visual arts and South Korea’s sincerity in establishing closer ties with ASEAN. The programme celebrates Southeast Asian arts using different platforms to explore and discuss social, political, economic, and environmental issues in the region.

Goethe-Institut Singapore and Jakarta
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. Its interdisciplinary work brings together people from different disciplines, cultures, and countries.

Conceived by NTU CCA Singapore’s Founding Director Ute Meta Bauer and curator Magdalena Magiera

Image: Tita Salina and Irwan Ahmett, The Call of Fragility – Through the lens of Eurasian Plate fragility in Java Island (Indonesia) and Turkey, 2022, video still. Courtesy the artists.